A WOMAN who was told she would never walk or talk again after a terrifying car crash is preparing to take on a charity trek.
Lauren Thompson spent four weeks in a coma and months in hospital following the accident on the Freckleton by-pass back in 2006.
The 25-year-old, from Wrea Green, has already defied expert predictions by not only completing her degree at the University of Manchester but taking her first steps at graduation - and now she hopes to take on an even bigger challenge.
Lauren plans to walk the first and last miles of a 10-mile charity trek to raise cash for youngsters with brain injuries in a bid to show her accident will not hold her back.
She said: “I just want to make the most of things now to show how grateful I am.
“My fiancee lives in Hereford and he had the radio on and they were talking about the Walk of Worcestershire for a hospice for children with brain injuries, and I thought I would like to do that, so I signed up.
“I probably will not do all of it, I’ll probably just do the first and last mile and hopefully my fiancee will join me.”
The former Lytham St Annes High School pupil, who met her fiancee, Dan Mulvey, in rehabilitation after he was also involved in a car crash, also wants to raise awareness of the North West Air Ambulance’s campaign to be exempt from fuel duty.
She said: “If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here.
“I think I’ve been given a second chance after the car accident.
“I may not be brilliant at walking and I may have difficulties with my speech.”